Promise of a Renaissance

By Ooi Kok Chuen

November 2011 PENANG PALETTE
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More has been happening in the art world in Penang in recent years than anyone could have expected. Whether this new energy can be put to effective use is the big question.Yes, much has been happening, and is still happening since July 7, 2008, when Penang was christened a UNESCO Heritage City. Feel-good vibes not felt since the Chong Eu era are becoming evident.New art spaces are appearing... in hotels, art residencies, and etc., fueled by the George Town Festival...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

is an art-writer and journalist, and the author of MAHSURI: A Legend Reborn (Ooi Peeps Publishing), an adult contemporary fantasy “movel” (a novel conceived as a mock movie) spun from a local legend.